I'm nearly blind without glasses or contacts. When I wake up in the morning, I can make out the digits on my alarm clock, only because I bought a clock with very large digits. I don't actually known what my vision is without contacts, but I'm guessing it's somewhere in the single digits over 20.
Normally this isn't a problem, I've been living this way for years and am thankful every day for the wonder that is corrective lenses. Occasionally though things happen, which make me really consider looking into Lasik.
Take this morning for instance. I was driving down 35W on the way to work. Thankfully, it was a normal day and it was bumper-to-bumper stop and barely move traffic. I was enjoying some morning music, when suddenly I blinked and my left contact fell out of my eye. Now this isn't something that normally happens, I think it's a sign I need to lay off the fun beverages for a while and drink more water. But when you are in traffic and you are suddenly unable to see clearly out of one eye it creates a minor problem. This problem was exacerbated by the fact that THERE WAS NOWHERE TO PULL OFF THE ROAD.
Now, I didn't want to stop in the middle of the lane and put my contact back in, but I also needed to get it back in pronto so it didn't dry up. Otherwise, I was going to be driving down Cedar Avenue with either no depth perception or half my vision mostly worthless. Somehow stopping in the middle of the lane actually seemed the safer bet.
Thankfully, I was at a point in the construction where a shoulder miraculously appeared and I was able to safely leave the road and get my vision back. However, I think I'm going to purchase a travel bottle of saline for my backpack so if something like this happens again I'm not in quite such a panic. At least then, I have more time to find a safe place to leave the road before things reach a point of no return.